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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Airport hero festival spot call
John Smeaton
Mr Smeaton said he was on a break when the attack happened
A campaign has been launched to get an airport worker who restrained the suspected Glasgow Airport bombers on stage at T in the Park.

John Smeaton, a baggage handler with Airway Handling, has become an internet celebrity after describing how he helped tackle the terror suspects.

The creator of a tribute website to his heroism now wants to see Mr Smeaton taking a bow at the music festival.

However, event organisers said he could not be allowed on the main stage.

The tribute site has generated about 500,000 hits in just a few days.

Mark Tortolano, 35, from Paisley, is a project manager and has worked on the internet for more than 10 years.

My aim is to get him on stage at T in the Park so he can be given a collective pat on the back
Mark Tortolano

He designed the website in honour of Mr Seaton and his actions during the attack on Saturday.

He told the BBC Scotland news website: "We already have a campaign to buy 1,000 pints for him at the Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport.

"I watched the footage of John Smeaton and I just thought it was fantastic. He had the kind of unthinking, selfless heroism that most people wished they had.

"It was such a great story because he was a great Glaswegian character and acted in such an altruistic way.

"Now, my aim is to get him on stage at T in the Park so he can be given a collective pat on the back."

The site also features a number of interviews and clips from the world's media, including the BBC.

'Strong character'

In an interview with the BBC immediately after Saturday's attack, Mr Smeaton, from Erskine, Renfrewshire, described how he got involved after seeing the two suspects getting of the burning Jeep and attacking a policeman.

Mr Tortolano added: "The reaction to the website has been incredible. It has become a real viral phenomenon.

"All of the publicity and interest has been through word of mouth. There have been no paid-for placings on search engines and such like.

"So far, about 500 people have already signed up to buy him a pint. I am sure we will reach the 1,000 level by the end of play on Tuesday.

"I thought he was such a strong character, with heroism and personality.

"I thought that it was the least we could do to buy the guy a drink."

T in the Park organiser Geoff Ellis said: "Through his actions at the weekend John Smeaton absolutely epitomises the spirit of Scotland that we are always so proud of at T in the Park.

"However, due to heightened security and an incredibly tight performance schedule on the Main Stage at T in the Park this year, unfortunately we can't allow him to get up on stage."


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